Be kind to your web-footed friend

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“Be kind to your web-footed friend. For a duck may be somebody’s mother.”

This little song should have been written for teachers.

Be kind to your web-footed friends
For a duck may be somebody’s mother,
Be kind to your friends in the swamp 

Where the weather is very, very damp.

I feel like a duck in a swamp right now. It’s cold and damp out here and I’m swimming as fast as I can, trying to herd ducklings while trying to avoid the big net in the hands of random administrators. I’m about to try flying South, duck or no. has the Mitch Miller version of this song for anyone who missed this childhood camp favorite.

The teachers I know could all desperately use a little kindness. Here in Illinois, we are sometimes portrayed as lazy, greedy union thugs. In rebuttal, I’d like to observe I often work seventy plus hours per week during the school year. My take-home pay after family insurance is taken out of my paycheck leaves me barely able to afford a nice apartment. We’d be right about at the cut-off line for the federal poverty level for a family of our size without my husband’s income. The union’s another issue, but I have known the union to protect employees who needed protection. It’s a scary world out here in the swamp.